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Jaynie Stephenson


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Ottawa (2007)
    Dissertation: Algal, invertebrate, and fish production in headwater streams along a forested gradient
  • M.Sc. Biology, University of North Texas (2000)
    Thesis: Macroinvertebrate community structure as an indicator of watershed health in the Upper Trinity River Basin, North Central Texas
  • B.Sc. Biology, University of Texas at Austin (1996)
    Specialization: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

My research interests lie in freshwater benthic ecology and biomonitoring. Graduate studies in Texas and Canada have given me the opportunity to explore how human impacts affect two vastly different aquatic ecosystems. My master’s thesis described macroinvertebrate community structures along a prairie river in north Texas. For my Ph.D., I quantified benthic algal, invertebrate, and fish production in rock rubble streams of the Canadian National Capital Region. Both studies show that land use quantified in a geographic information system (GIS) can predict how aquatic communities respond to anthropogenic disturbance. As a graduate student and an instructor at a Dallas community college, I have taught Community Ecology, Environmental Biology, Freshwater Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Biology, and Introductory Zoology to students from diverse backgrounds. I currently work as an independent contractor while my young children are at home during the day, but I hope to return to teaching and/or research in the near future.

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We are currently seeking student lab assistants to process biological field samples.

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Phone: 940-565-2981
Email: kennedy@unt.edu